Andrew Furst

Memories of Past Lives? – Dialectic Two-Step

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Question: Where are the memories of past lives stored between death and rebirth? Response: I’ll start with an easier question. Where are memories stored in this life? The best answer humans have now is the brain. This belief is backed up by well documented, peer reviewed, and reproducible experiments. Where are they stored after death? I don’t know, and I don’t think the question is a productive one. I venture to say that no one has conducted well documented, peer reviewed, and reproducible experiments that would indicate that: Memories are…read more

The Best Articles of October 2018 from Andrew Furst

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Here’s a selected list of what people were reading here on andrewfurst.net in September 2018: Helen Hunt Falls – A Two Minute Meditation What if God exists outside of scientific detection? – Modern Koans Henry Rollins on October and November – Quotes Learning Buddhism Systematically? – Modern Koans Religious Tolerance? – Dialectic Two-Step Black & White – Collections Thoughts on Happiness – Collections Militant Progressives? – Dialectic Two Step The Oxherd Series – Riding the Ox Home – Modern Koans Ballade Of Worldly Wealth – Andrew Lang – Compass Songs

What’s the Big Deal With the Buddha? – Modern Koans

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Question: How do we know that the Buddha was the enlightened one? Did someone give him a certificate? What’s the big deal with the Buddha? Response: Enlightenment, such a nasty word, misunderstood, and maligned. If there was an aversion to have, this word might be the perfect candidate. I’ll latch onto something I was reading recently (Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa). He said it nicely. I’ll have to paraphrase. Enlightenment is not something we get or achieve, it’s something we uncover or discover. So really, we come with the certificate and…read more

On Being Right – Dialectic Two Step

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A stranger who is an evangelical Christian has been sending a series of emails to me. According to his address, his name is Jeff. Jeff has offered some lengthy expositions touting evidence that Christianity is “right”. The latest edition offers an earnest four part treatment on the trustworthiness of the New Testament, the historicity of Jesus, and the virtue of miracle-claims and predictive prophecies. He or someone that he has quoted put a lot of effort into this essay.  I usually ignore emails like this.  In fact my response to the…read more

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Learning Buddhism Systematically? – Modern Koans

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Question: I have great interests in Buddhism, and I read a few books by my own which are too hard to understand. Do you have any tips on learning Buddhism systematically? Response: I applaud your efforts and encourage you find a meditation group or a Buddhist temple. Working with others with similar goals is wonderful. I will caution you on your approach. If there is a goal in Buddhism, it would be to reduce the suffering that greed, delusion, and hatred bring to bear on our lives. Rather than adopting…read more

Kidder Brook Falls – A Two Minute Meditation

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Kidder Brook Falls is in Warwick, MA not far from Royalston. I had sketchy directions, so getting here was a challenge, but the area is beautiful. If you visit, compare sources for directions and maybe connect to someone local who can help.  There is not a clear path to the falls, but they are close to the convergence of two well marked fire road/trails. Helen Hunt Falls, Colorado Springs, CO

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The Best Articles of September 2018 from Andrew Furst

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Here’s a selected list of what people were reading here on andrewfurst.net in September 2018: Thoughts on Happiness – Collections Glendale Falls – A Two Minute Meditation Will Buddhism Become Outdated? – Modern Koans Senryu: From – Accepted for Publication August by Mary Oliver – Compass Songs Religious Tolerance? – Dialectic Two-Step Can I Learn Buddhist Super Powers? – Dialectic Two-Step Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes – Compass Songs Helen Hunt Falls – A Two Minute Meditation Did Religion Create Evil? – Modern Koans

What if God exists outside of scientific detection? – Modern Koans

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Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s) Question: What if God exists outside of scientific detection? It’s not a matter of “what if”. That is a fact. the “radar” of scientific detection is our senses and any extensions that we create for them (for example a microscope or a telescope). As science and philosophy have methodically debunked the various anthropomorphic characterizations of God, the only remaining possible “definitions” of God are those that assert that “God” is not observable. This is the space in which the mystery lies. If you enjoyed this post,…read more

Helen Hunt Falls – A Two Minute Meditation

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A Calendar Of Sonnets: July – by Helen Hunt Jackson Some flowers are withered and some joys have died; The garden reeks with an East Indian scent From beds where gillyflowers stand weak and spent; The white heat pales the skies from side to side; But in still lakes and rivers, cool, content, Like starry blooms on a new firmament, White lilies float and regally abide. In vain the cruel skies their hot rays shed; The lily does not feel their brazen glare. In vain the pallid clouds refuse to share…read more

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